A pointless drive to sixth for Patrick Gaillard

French driver Patrick Gaillard celebrates his 69th birthday today, so it's only appropriate we remember his single F1 claim to fame.

Gaillard competed in two Grands Prix with Mo Nunn's Ensign team in 1979, without anything to show for it. He was called back to the team a year later, at the 1980 Spanish GP in Jarama. The Frenchman put in a good effort to finish 6th in a race won by Alan Jones.

The world championship point he deserved eluded Gaillard however, because the race had gone ahead without the Ferrari, Renault and Alfa Romeo manufacturer teams following a dispute between FOCA and FISA, the sport's governing body at the time.

The event was therefore declared a non-championship race. And Gaillard remains therefore out of F1's official statistics.